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The team here at FairWay are getting excited about the Arbitrators’ and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) Conference 2017.

The AMINZ 2017 Conference is one of the biggest events in the calendar for dispute resolution practitioners.

We are delighted to be one of the sponsors and we are privileged to have members from our team presenting at the conference.

By Keri Morris, Family Dispute Resolution Scheme Director

FairWay is transitioning from Crown-ownership to become privately owned by our employees.

“This is great news for FairWay as it reinforces our independence and over time, will better enable us to grow, to add more value for our customers and to enhance our services,” explains Rhys West.

We began as a division of the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), carrying out reviews when a customer disagreed with a decision regarding their claim.

The article on Stuff today about Paul Wilson who has been divorced on three occasions refers to the importance of knowing what is and what is not worth fighting for.   Most importantly the article supports parties attending mediation to resolve disputes over property which arise when a relationship ends.

Waitī and Waitā are Matariki’s twin daughters. They are responsible for the land invertebrates such as bees and ants which are an essential part of life. Waitī and Waitā symbolise the importance of taking care of the small things and the value of teamwork. FairWay’s dispute resolution service is dependent on teamwork.

A case study with Amy Oberkircher

“A skilled mediator has lots of tools, but above all mediators need patience, empathy and the ability to really hear people, focus on their needs and recognise they are doing the best they can,” says mediator Amy Oberkircher.


Within the Matariki star cluster, the Waipunarangi star is a reminder that what you give to others will generally come back to you.   Waipunarangi symbolises the relationship water has to our life cycle, how it is evaporated from the rivers, oceans and lakes to fall again as the rain which we drink and which nourishes the land.

Ururangi is ‘ko te pōtiki o te whānau’ (the baby of the family). She is the Matariki star that reminds all of us that after the cold the land will warm again and people will plant crops. Her positive, warm approach reminds us that a good attitude is the key to success.  We all spend a lot of time at work and a good attitude is very helpful in contributing to the dynamics of the workplace.

Matariki is the star cluster that appears in the coldest months of the year.  This cluster is also known as Pleiades and in ancient Greek mythology the appearance of Pleiades signalled the time to stay off the seas and to work the land.  In the Maori tradition of Ngāti toa Rangitira, Matariki is the mother of 6 daughters who are together on a journey to visit their great grandmother Papatūānuku.